Can Sunderland's fortunes change for the better as they host Shrewsbury?
Sunderland v Shrewsbury - Wednesday 19:45
No manager in the Football League has a better record against higher-division oppositon over the past couple of years than Micky Mellon. Since August 2014, the Shrewsbury boss has masterminded eight upsets in total - with Leicester, Norwich, Blackburn, Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield among the list of casualties.
The roll call has yet to include an established Premier League scalp but that could all change against Sunderland. Chelsea and Manchester United might have been too strong for Salop in moneyspinning televised games at the Greenhous Meadow, but Crystal Palace needed extra time at this stage of the League Cup 12 months ago.
The mood on Wearside ahead of this game is downbeat, not only because Sunderland have lost their first two Premier League matches but also because David Moyes has continued the foot-in-mouth approach to media duties - so prevalent during his time at Manchester United - by admitting the Black Cats face another long battle against relegation.
It’s one thing trying to manage expectations but sometimes it’s best to just say nothing and a half-empty Stadium of Light could be the ideal setting for Shrewsbury to seize the initiative with the breakthrough and then hold out, just as they did with victories at the King Power and Cardiff City Stadium. On top of backing the away win at 12/1, add Shrewsbury to win 1-0 at 28/1.